All lanes back open after I-5 truck fire; situations also impact traffic on Hwys 99, 58

Traffic is backed up on southbound Interstate 5 at the Grapevine in Kern County, Calif., Wednesday morning, Oct. 18, 2017, due to a semitruck fire. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Claudette Stefanian)

NOTE: The attached video aired at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The below story contains updates.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Multiple highway situations affected people’s commutes Wednesday morning in Kern County.

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A big rig loaded with recyclables caught fire early in the morning on southbound Interstate 5 near the base of the Grapevine, forcing multiple lane closures and putting traffic at a crawl for a good chunk of the day.

The California Highway Patrol announced just after 2 p.m. that all lanes had reopened. At that time, there was still a 7-mile backup.

There were no injuries in the truck fire.

On Highway 99 near Olive Drive in Bakersfield, lanes reopened after a noninjury crash involving at least one car and at least one big rig, according to the CHP.

The CHP in Mojave said a deadly crash and separate truck fire impacted traffic along Highway 58 in the Boron area.

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